Scarinci Hollenbeck Heads Development Team of $50 Million Warehouse Facility in Area of Port Newark
Project Developer Morris Companies Banking on Proximity to Port Newark’s $650 Million Expansion
Lyndhurst, N.J., August 29, 2012 – On August 21, 2012, The New York Times ran a featured story on a major development project by Scarinci Hollenbeck’s client the Morris Companies. Entitled, “A $650 Million Expansion of Port Newark Spurs Interest in Its Environs”, the article’s author Ronda Kaysen discusses the expansion of Port Newark and sheds light on the “potential for growth in the state’s industrial sector and specifically in its ports.” The article goes on to explain how the expansion of the Panama Canal will eventually lead to more cargo delivered which will result in more facilities needed and more jobs created as a result.
Morris Companies, based in Rutherford, N.J., is developing a 337,000 square-foot facility at a cost of $50 million. Scarinci Hollenbeck’sIndustrial Site Remediation practice group attorneys have headed the project’s development team. Partner Ted Schwartzand Senior Counsels William C. Sullivanand William A. Bakerare managing all the regulatory affairs of the project. The team secured regulatory permits and approvals in numerous areas and intertwined them with the financing requirements of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.
The complex remediation strategies for this project required regulatory approvals for dealing with sophisticated soil and groundwater contamination issues at this former heavy industrial urban property. The site dates back to the late 18th century and is located adjacent to a major waterway, thus requiring integrating remediation with the project’s development components. This included engineering and institutional controls, waterfront development and State land use issues, demolition of structures and attendant concerns, and local land use approvals. The Scarinci Hollenbeck team will continue its involvement with the project’s remediation strategies and development until these activities are completed.
Mr. Schwartz, who specializes in redevelopment of Brownfield sites, said, “In my over forty seven years practicing environmental law, this was one of the most challenging and rewarding projects with which I’ve been involved. This small 17 acre parcel of land contained every environmental issue seen in New Jersey, and we had the task of interweaving all of the components together, to work harmoniously.”
He added, “We are so fortunate to be working closely with the Morris Companies, a very sophisticated, dedicated, and savvy redeveloper of Brownfield sites. We will continue our involvement in the implementation of the remediation strategies to successfully complete the project.”
Mr. Schwartz is a partner with Scarinci Hollenbeck and is based in Lyndhurst, N.J. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 201-896-4100.
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